Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell could become one of a very small number of people to win a posthumous Oscar, if a bid to have his song “The Promise” nominated is successful. He wrote it for the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, which investigates the Armenian Genocide of 1914-23. An alternative version of the song – the last piece of work he released in his lifetime – can be heard in the new video above.
Earlier this week, Cornell, who took his own life in May at the age of 52, was the recipient of a human rights award in recognition of the song’s influence. Now Deadline has reported that “The Promise” is in contention for an Oscar nomination in the Best Original Song category. The nominees will be announced on Jan. 23, 2018, and the 90th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Mar. 4, 2018. MORE